The Abu Dhabi United Group took over Manchester City from former Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in 2008. The deal was officially sealed on September 1st and on the same day, the English side signed Robinho from Real Madrid.

He was the first big money signing completed by City under the club’s current ownership.

Marca had an opportunity to interview the 36-year-old, and opened up about his disappointment at not helping the Etihad club win the title.

“I was champion in all the teams I played in except for City. If I regret anything it is not having given City a title, it is the only thing that makes me a little sad,” he said.

The forward managed 14 goals and five assists in the league in his debut season with City, but struggled to find the back of the net in second term. Therefore, City allowed him to join Santos on loan in January 2010, before allowing him to join AC Milan on a permanent transfer later that summer.

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Robinho also spoke about City’s desire to sign his compatriot Kaka and Barcelona super star Lionel Messi.

“I spoke a couple of times with the owner, Sheik Mansour. He said he was going to do a great job signing Kaka and Messi,” the South American stressed.